Written by Brianna Corley
As the holidays grow nearer and families from all notions of life take a moment to reunite, sharing stories, warm hugs, and wonderful food, but there are still those who are not as fortunate.
“What I see the food pantry as is to give a helping hand on any college students on campus who are struggling to make ends meet,” stated Caleb Wester, volunteer, “They don’t get help from home or they’re on their own and it gives them a place to come too and see a friendly face and to get what they need.”
The NSU’s food pantry has served as a part of the university’s community since its opening in the early spring of 2015. An extension of the Social Work department, the pantry runs completely through that of volunteers and faculty members. Resources offered range from canned food to various hygiene items.
“I think this is a very important time to have everything in stock because there are many students who are foreign exchange students who live too far away to get home or they can’t afford a plane ticket back and they don’t have family near-by,” continued Caleb, “They and their roommates are all they have and this way their able to celebrate the holidays just as anyone else.”
The food pantry is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11-5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11-12:30 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. The pantry will be closed the week of Thanksgiving except for Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon.